If you are looking for some exciting dining experience, or new to Dallas and just want to know what’s out there, you have come to the right place!

Dallas has a booming, diverse dining scene. From Latin America to Russia, from Middle-East to North Asia, we can taste around the globe without crossing the Trinity River. I’m Kurt, your personal food guide, and I’m here to help you discover what Dallas has to offer on your dinner table.

I Write About Food and Dining

Knowledge Is Power. And Delicious!

Sir Francis… After having some Bacon.

Imagine this: your friend told you that XYZ is a great restaurant, you should give it a go! And then, you find yourself sitting in the restaurant, staring at the menu which is mostly Greek to you, and you end up picking something randomly that sounds good. When the food comes, you feel disappointed because it’s not exactly what you expected. This happened to me all the time!

So, I learned to spend some time and research the background of the food before trying something new. It’s not just about the restaurant, but also the history and culture behind everything. The research helped me understand the menu better, know what their iconic dishes are, and set the right expectation. Now I’m a firm believer that a well-informed meal makes a good meal, and I often find myself reading for hours and hours about some particular kind of food.

Of course, not everyone has the time and energy to research before going out to eat. So let me take on this challenge for you through this blog! It’s not just restaurant review. After all, we already have Yelp, Google, TripAdvisor… There’s no shortage of opinions. My goal is to go one step further: interesting facts and trivia, overview of food scenes, where to find the best, and new dining ideas. For all of you foodies who enjoy cooking, I also create recipes inspired by restaurants.

I Help My Friends Pick Restaurants

Speaking of dining ideas, one question I always get from my friends is “what are the best places to eat?” Then I thought, why don’t I just share all of my favorite places to everyone? So I setup a mailing account, and every time I find a great restaurant I’ll send an update to all of my subscribers. I mainly focus on casual places for lunch and dinner, with a low to moderate price range. For fine dining, I have a “Know Before You Go” blog series to cover lots and lots of details.

A Little Bit About Myself

I grew up in urban China in a very interesting family. My mom mostly saw cooking as a chore. Her father, on the other hand, was a chef from Shanghai and loved food all his life. My dad’s background was northern coastal China, and he did most of the cooking in the family. As you can see, due to my upbringing, it was natural to me that the man of the house must do the cooking.

And I always loved cooking. My first attempt at cooking at about 10 years old went like this: while my parents were out, I took a few chicken wings from the freezer, popped them into the microwave while frozen like a rock, and set the timer to 40 minutes on high. 40 minutes later, I dumped the meatless chicken ash into the trashcan. To this day, my parents still have no idea that I did this.

They also wouldn’t have thought that thirteen years later, this troublemaker would be the president of the University cooking club, and would cater dinners to a dozen hungry and homesick American students while studying abroad in Vienna. After I started working and having the monetary freedom to cook and eat anything I want, I became a real food nerd. I attempted to recreate iconic dishes from all over the world, including the Pakistani Biryani, Japanese Tonkotsu Ramen, Ethiopian Tibs and Injera, and even Neapolitan Pizza. I went as far as planting tomatoes and basil just to make my own Spaghetti Pomodoro with homemade pasta. And I thank my wife for putting up with my crazy experiments all these years.

Let’s Stay in Touch!

I’ll admit: blogging ain’t easy for me, and I’m pretty slow churning out articles along-side a day job and raising two kids. But I do try to write at least one well-thought-out blog each week. Sometimes an article does take some research time and thorough editing, so if you haven’t seen an update for a week, it usually means something rich and juicy is on the way! Of course, if there are any restaurants or food scene you would like to to write about, please feel free to drop me a message!

And finally, a big warm welcome to Savor Dallas from me and the kids!